Chicken Marfalla

This recipe is a blending of two concepts…Chicken Marsala and Savory Pumpkin. Yes, it may be a little “avant gourd,” but there’s nothing wrong with that! Anyway, we essentially pan fried some chicken breast and topped it with a Pumpkin Marsala sauce and finishing everything off with some grated parmesan. We were delighted by how the sauce itself turned out. The pumpkin and milk gave it a creaminess and a full body, while the onions and garlic added some sweet earthiness, and the marsala wine gave it that little bit of the classic flavour you’d expect with a Chicken marsala.

We served our Chicken alongside Sautéed Parmesan Broccoli Rabe. However, it would also go really well with Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Snow Peas, or Roasted Asparagus.

Time: 60 Minutes


  • Pumpkin (fresh is best, but canned will work in a pinch to reduce cooking time)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Basil
  • Marsala Cooking Wine
  • Milk or Cream
  • Chicken Breast
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  • If using fresh, Break Down Your Pumpkin. Remove the skin, and cut the flesh into cubes…then boil until soft, and drain the water. **If using canned pumpkin, just scoop it into a saucepan.
  • As your pumpkin cooks, peel and dice your onion and garlic. Heat a pan with a little olive oil, and add your onion, garlic, and basil. Sauté until your onion turns opaque. Then, add it to your pumpkin.
  • Pour a little milk or cream into your pumpkin and onions pot, and mash until smooth. Then, pour in some Marsala cooking wine, and bring to a low simmer.
  • Slice your chicken breast longways into two thin, flat pieces.
  • Coat each piece of chicken with flour.
  • Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed pan (we prefer cast iron), and then when it’s hot, add your chicken. Fry for a few minutes on each side until your chicken turns a golden brown, and the flesh reaches an internal cooked temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • When your chicken is done, plate it, top it with your sauce, and sprinkle your parmesan cheese atop.
  • Devour, and enjoy!

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